Pakistan and Japan agree to improve cooperation in various fields

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Japan have agreed to further strengthen mutual cooperation in various fields.

This was agreed during the twelfth round of bilateral political consultations between Pakistan and Japan held today in Islamabad (Friday), according to a press release issued by the foreign affairs office.

The Pakistani side was led by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, while Deputy Foreign Minister Kenji Kanasugi led the Japanese side.

The talks focused on ways to improve cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, contacts between people, human resources development, science and technology, culture and education.

The Foreign Secretary informed the Japanese side about recent positive developments in Pakistan, including macroeconomic stability, improved credit ratings, improved business climate, improved rankings in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, the new investment opportunities and tourism potential.

The two sides expressed satisfaction with the intensified level of political commitment, including the visit of Dr. Arif Alvi to Tokyo to attend the enthronement ceremony of His Majesty the Emperor, and expected more exchanges at the highest level.

Opinions were also exchanged on global and regional developments. The Foreign Secretary reported on Pakistan’s strong support for the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Secretary also updated the Japanese side on the negative consequences of the illegal and unilateral actions of India on August 5, 2019, the continuing situation of human and humanitarian rights in Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ and K) occupied by India

In addition, he informed the Japanese side of Pakistan’s perspective of calming tensions in the Middle East / Gulf region and supporting all efforts for a political and diplomatic solution.

Both parties expressed their satisfaction with the current trajectory of bilateral relations and affirmed their commitment to deepen mutual cooperation in various areas.



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Attorneys, medical doctors attain settlement in PIC assault case to finish hostilities: Sources

LAHORE: Attorneys and medical doctors have agreed to forego one another after each communities have been embroiled in violent acts in opposition to one another together with the one which led to an assault at Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), claiming lives of six sufferers, ARY NEWS reported.

It’s pertinent to say right here {that a} group of greater than 200 attorneys, who had an ongoing ‘tussle’ with the medical doctors of the PIC, had stormed the hospital on December 11, vandalized property and broken dozens of autos. In addition they set ablaze a police van throughout their assault.

In keeping with sources, the latest negotiations have been held between the highest representatives from each side, the place they agreed to finish hostilities in direction of one another.

Among the high law enforcement officials additionally facilitated your entire course of, they added.

Nevertheless, each side agreed that the authorized motion in opposition to the weather concerned in attacking the cardiovascular hospital would proceed.

The medical doctors agreed to take away graffiti in opposition to attorneys from a memorial erected to recollect the PIC incident that claimed the lives of six sufferers on the hospital, inflicting injury to the infrastructure and endangered lives of a number of different cardiovascular sufferers handled on the hospital.

A minimum of 52 attorneys have been arrested after the assault and offered earlier than the courtroom. Two FIRs have been registered in opposition to over 250 attorneys who attacked Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore.

On December 24, an anti-terrorism courtroom (ATC) on Tuesday granted bail to 25 attorneys allegedly concerned within the assault at Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).

As per particulars, the ATC Decide Arshad Hussain heard arguments from each side and granted bail to arrested attorneys in opposition to surety bonds of Rs100,000.

Earlier, on December 20, an anti-terrorism courtroom (ATC) granted bail to 17 attorneys allegedly concerned within the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) rampage case.



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Marchers to not enter Islamabad’s Pink Zone; govt, Rehbar Committee attain settlement

ISLAMABAD: After holding profitable dialogues, the federal government and the opposition’s Rehbar Committee lastly agree over venue of the march in Islamabad, ARY Information reported.

Addressing a press convention following the profitable negotiation with the opposition’s committee, Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak introduced that they’ve reached an settlement underneath which the contributors of ‘Azadi March’ won’t enter the Islamabad’s Pink Zone.

He mentioned that the opposition events will maintain their protest demonstration close to Sunday bazaar in H-9 sector within the federal capital and added, “Rehber Committee has assured the federal government for a peaceable protest.” The minister additional revealed that the demonstration won’t be extended.

Talking on the event, the minister mentioned that the federal government has additionally been assured that the contributors of the march won’t violate the legislation and can report their protest in a peaceable method.

He maintained that the opposition’s committee neither requested for the prime minister’s resignation nor demanded for early polls.

The federal government won’t create any hurdle or impediment on the route of ‘Azadi March’, Pervaiz Khattak mentioned and added that the protest might be throughout the ambit of legislation and the structure.

Learn Extra: Govt suggests opposition to carry ‘Azadi March’ at F-9 park in Islamabad

Earlier within the day, the federal government’s negotiation committee had prompt the opposition events to carry their sit-in at F-9 park in Islamabad.

Sources had mentioned that the Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak had held a telephonic dialog with Rehbar Committee’s chairman Akram Durrani and prompt numerous venues, outdoors the pink zone, for his or her protest demonstration.



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India agrees to signal Kartarpur settlement with Pakistan: sources

ISLAMABAD: The Indian authorities on Monday accepted the draft of Pakistan on the Kartarpur hall and introduced that it will signal an settlement with Islamabad on October 23, ARY Information reported.

In response to diplomatic sources, India has agreed to signal the Kartarpur hall settlement with Pakistan on October 23, three weeks forward of the 550th start anniversary of Guru Nanak Sahib.

Pakistan had maintained 20 US {dollars} price for each pilgrim which has been accepted by the Indian authorities, stated diplomatic sources.

The focal individuals of each international locations will signal the Kartarpur hall settlement on October 23, sources added.

Speaking to ARY Information, International Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has expressed pleasure over India’s determination for signing the Kartarpur settlement and congratulated the Sikh neighborhood.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday introduced that Pakistan is all set to open its doorways for the Sikh neighborhood from throughout the globe.

Learn Extra: Pakistan to open Kartarpur Hall on Nov 9: PM Khan

In a Fb publish on Sunday, he stated development work on the Kartarpur challenge has entered the ultimate stage and will likely be open to the general public on November 9.

The prime minister stated the world’s largest Gurdwara will likely be visited by Sikhs from throughout India and different elements of the world.

On Monday, Pakistan had handed over the ultimate draft settlement for the Kartarpur Hall to India.

Within the remaining draft settlement, Islamabad had stored a service price of $20 for Sikh pilgrims visiting the Hall from the Indian facet, unchanged. As many as 5,000 Sikh pilgrims can go to Kartarpur every day and Pakistan will take into account the potential of permitting extra pilgrims on particular events.



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Pakistan, Iran signal extension in IP fuel line settlement

ISLAMABAD: Gasoline corporations of Pakistan and Iran on Monday have signed prolonged Iran-Pakistan (IP) fuel line settlement after mutual consent, ARY Information reported.

The highest officers of Nationwide Iranian Oil Firm (NIOC) and Pakistan’ Inter-State Gasoline System (ISGS) signed the amended IP fuel deal below which Pakistan will construct the stated pipeline by August 26, 2024, in its territory.

After settlement to increase the IP-GSPA, Iran has withdrawn authorized discover it served on Pakistan on shifting the arbitration court docket.

Beneath the IP fuel undertaking, Pakistan was to import fuel of 750mmcfd which was to extend as much as 1,000mmcfd and an extra amount of 250mmcfd was for use in Gwadar.

Since Pakistan remained unable to put down 781 kilometres pipeline below its territory from Iranian border touching Gwadar and reaching as much as Nawabshah due to failure to rearrange the required financing within the wake of US sanctions, Iran had served authorized discover on Pakistan in February 2019 for failure in implementing the fuel line undertaking and getting Iranian fuel from January 1, 2015.

The settlement was earlier signed in 2009 throughout PPP authorities for 25 years, however since then the undertaking couldn’t get the form.



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